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Explore Jack's Magazine

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Explore Jack's Magazine – the intriguing former explosives storage facility by the banks of the Maribyrnong River. Opened in 1878, Jack's Magazine has been locked up and unused since the 1990s. Jack's Magazine is now open for regular guided tours.

Get a glimpse behind Jack's Magazine's imposing bluestone walls and explore its buildings, tunnels, tramways and giant earth mounds. Learn about its connections to Victoria's gold mining, world wars and the local area's industrial past.

Perfect for those intrigued by Melbourne's hidden places.

Jack's Magazine is a heritage place on Crown Land managed by Working Heritage.


Do I have to book?

You must book and pre-pay through Eventbrite to join this tour. Tickets are not available on the door.

How long do tours last?

Approximately 90 minutes.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring either a printed ticket or display it on your smart phone so we can check we've got everyone.

How many people will be on the tour?

Groups are limited to 25 visitors.

How much walking will I have to do?

Quite a lot. This is a large site (over 6 hectares) and the tour will predominately be on foot.

Where do tours meet?

Gather at the entrance on the north side of the bluestone perimeter wall of Jack's Magazine. The easiest access is via the car park on Magazine Way. Walk along the east wall then turn left to walk between the north wall and the canal. Then you should see us! The entrance is approximately 500 metres walk from the car park.

Are there toilets?


Is Jack's Magazine safe?

Although there are no longer explosives at Jack's Magazine it is still very much a nineteenth-century industrial facility and particular care must be take around the site. Visitors will be briefed on safety before tours begin.

Is Jack's Magazine accessible?

Large parts of Jack's Magazine are accessible to people with disabilities but some sections may be challenging. Please contact Working Heritage if you have specific accessibility needs.

What should I wear?

Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the conditions on the day – most of the tour is outside.

Will tours go ahead in bad weather?

Unless extreme weather that poses a danger to visitors is forecast, tours will go ahead – rain, hail or shine.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Visitors can park in the car park on Magazine Way, near the corner of Pelican Lane. There is a 500 metre walk from the car park to the entrance of Jack's Magazine.

Jack's Magazine is also accessible via the bike trail along the Maribyrnong River, and the trail is an easy and quick way to connect to Footscray train station. The 82 tram along Gordon Street and the 409 bus are the best public transport options.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Supervised children and prams are welcome on the tour. Cameras are welcome. Bring drinking water if you like. Please leave the pets at home. There is strictly no smoking.

What is the refund policy?

If the tour is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances the ticket price will be refunded. There will be no other refunds.

Where does my money go?

Fees from tours contribute to Working Heritage's conservation and management of heritage places around Victoria.

Where can I contact the organiser with any other questions?

Contact Working Heritage with questions:

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